Anti-masker and controversial singer Ziggy Alberts polls high in Triple J’s Hottest 100 with his hit Together…. months after he was SLAMMED for his ‘dangerous and insensitive’ views
Anti-masker and singer Ziggy Alberts is polling high in Triple J’s Hottest 100.
The 26-year-old’s hit Together has proved to be a favourite with listeners throughout 2020, with the complete list to be announced on Saturday night.
Also polling high is rapper Juice Wrld with four tracks, and Melbourne’s The Avalanches.
Polling high: Anti-masker and controversial singer Ziggy Alberts (left), 26, is polling high in Triple J’s Hottest 100 with his hit Together…. months after he was SLAMMED for his ‘dangerous and insensitive’ views
Ziggy has certainly made headlines in the past few months, receiving intense backlash in July after claiming Melbourne’s rules on wearing face masks in public ‘strip Australians of their basic human rights’.
Following a surge of COVID-19 cases at the time, residents of metropolitan Melbourne and the Mitchell Shire were required to wear a mask, would be fined $200 if they were caught in public spaces without one.
In a series of deeply insensitive Instagram posts uploaded at the time, Ziggy claimed the new regulations reminded him of Nazi-occupied Europe, saying: ‘There’s no way I’m going to endorse or encourage mandatory face masks or lockdowns in a free country.’
Ziggy was undeterred in his views, saying: ‘I’m in complete opposition of the government’s decision to introduce mandated face masks in Melbourne when all it does is strips Australians of their basic rights in what is supposed to be a free society.’
Outrage: Back in July, Ziggy faced intense backlash after claiming Melbourne ‘s rules on wearing face masks in public ‘strip Australians of their basic human rights’
The musician continued: ‘It’s really quite simple. My mother and her family escaped communism in Hungary as a child to come to Australia.
‘My great grandfather hid a Jewish family and an American pilot during Nazi rule in Holland and was killed for doing so. For trying to keep innocent people safe.
‘Our country is no longer free when you can’t leave your house or face fines for not wearing something over your mouth when you try to leave.
‘Please put aside your fear and consider if you are willing to make these basic freedoms a subject of government consent. I’m not, and I’m not willing to force that upon anyone else.’
Online: In a series of deeply insensitive Instagram posts uploaded at the time, Ziggy claimed the new regulations reminded him of Nazi-occupied Europe, saying: ‘There’s no way I’m going to endorse or encourage mandatory face masks or lockdowns in a free country’
Ziggy’s views on mandatory mask rulings copped significant criticism, with people rushing to share their thoughts on Twitter.
‘NOT ziggy alberts comparing having to wear a mask to being under nazi dictatorship,’ one tweeted.
Another added: ‘LOL. Can we talk about Ziggy Alberts saying “It’s really that simple” before making the most outlandish comparison of wearing masks to communist dictatorship and Nazi rule. So simple.’
A third wrote: ‘Ziggy Alberts, my dude, if you’re so worried about human rights violations, maybe use your platform to talk about how we treat people in offshore detention centres, not the fact that the government is asking people to wear masks to save their own lives.’
‘Our country is no longer free’: Ziggy was undeterred in his views. Pictured at Bondi Beach in November 2019